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    new puppy came home today, i need advice!

    Hi all, I just got a 8 week olds bichon puppy. I was told that I cannot take him outside yet because he has only gotten his first vaccination. I live in a high rise condo (on the 31st floor). I do plan to housebreak him completely when he has his vaccinations completed. But for now, I need to deal with a puppy pad... and I really need help with that!!!

    First, I want to clarify that I do live and work at home, so I am home pretty much all day. I also had experience housebreaking a dog, but it was an adult dog and he was rather easy to train.

    I brought my new puppy home about 5 hours ago. Of course, he was screaming and crying... and still he would not let me leave his sight. I already got him to be able to stay in his crate comfortably, which is good, because at least I can confine him there when we are sleeping, etc.

    Now, lets get to the puppy pad...

    The only place for me to place a puppy pad is our bathroom. Do you think it will be a problem that it is in a different room? (I'm guessing he'll mostly stay in our home office, where I am at most of the time)

    So far, he has NEVER used the pad yet... I tried to play with him in our bathroom, but he just wouldn't go. But he did have 3 accidents around the house already... at the most unexpected times. I did catch him in action, gave him a firm "no" and cleaned up the carpet. I also placed the dirty paper tower onto the puppy pad to hopefuly leave a scent there for him...

    However, still, I have no luck getting him to go. He already had his dinner about 1 hour ago and he hasn't done his business either. He just keeps following me, everywhere I go... I couldn't really "Play" with him a lot when we are in the bathroom, because all he does is stay by my feet and he sits. And now that I am seated typing on the computer, he is sleeping inside his crate.

    What can I do now? keep trying to play with him until he goes????

    Please help!!

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    Re: new puppy came home today, i need advice!

    Bring him to the puppy pad about every hour after playing with him roughly. Close the bathroom door, and be boring! If he goes, praise, praise, praise!!!

    A lot of times they mean he can't go outside as in, no walks in high dog populated areas, but if you know there are a lot of dogs where you would take him to go outside then you might want to avoid it.

    But it can be difficult to teach them to go outside after you teach them to go inside...

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    Re: new puppy came home today, i need advice!

    There are many dog walkers in our area, so I am sure the grass may not be completely safe...

    He sleeps when I stay in the bathroom with the door shut. He's just not doing anything.....

    is it normal for him to hold his poop this long? It's getting close to 2 hours since he ate...

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    Most puppies can only hold their bladders for as many hours as there are months in their age, so he'll probably have to go soon. I would bring him to the pad and just sit there in the bathroom with him. Don't play with him or let him sniff around excessively -- put him on a leash if you have to and just sit there with him. You may want to bring a book to divert your attention from him and keep yourself occupied while you wait. And when he does go, praise, praise, praise. (With treats.)
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    Re: new puppy came home today, i need advice!

    Ok, I will continue to try...

    I have been in the office for about an hour and he is still resting. I shall bring him into the bathroom again when he gets up...

    I suddenly thought about how maybe my puppy pads have a different scent then those from the breeder...

    So, I took out the one sheet that the breeder gave me, and ah-ha! He pee'd on it right away.

    He still hasn't poo poo'd though. I wonder if anxiety/stress would have something to do with it. I know my adult dog won't go if he's scared/stressed...
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    Re: new puppy came home today, i need advice!

    I got my puppy when she was 3 months old, and she was completely terrified of her new surroundings. She didn't poo until the next day. It may have been the fact that she only had breakfast and refused to eat anything until the day after.

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    Re: new puppy came home today, i need advice!

    Do you have a balcony by chance? If you do, you can set up an outdoor potty area on the balcony rather than inside your condo.

    But most importantly RELAX! We've become such worriers over every little germ that we're actually causing more problems for ourselves, our children and pets than we're solving. Just use your God given common sense about this and all other problems tha'll come up over the next few months.

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    Re: new puppy came home today, i need advice!

    Congratulations on your new puppy! This is what I would tell my customers when they came into my store asking for the same advice your asking for so hopefully this will help you out:

    The key to potty training dogs is repetition. Keep this in mind at all times:

    When dogs are done playing, they have to go to the bathroom.
    When dogs are done eating, they have to go to the bathroom.
    When dogs are done sleeping, they have to go to the bathroom.

    Basically, when your dog is finished doing anything he's going to want to go to the bathroom so be sure you take him to where you want him to go right away.

    The puppy pads are a great way to help with potty training mainly because they're slightly scented so puppies know where to go. However, you have to remember your dog has only been alive for eight weeks and during those eight weeks he's encountered a different world at every stop which adds to the confusion. Being able to navigate your home in which he isn't too familiar with might take some time.

    Smaller spaces are key. The bladder control of an eight week old puppy isn't long and the legs of an eight week old Bichon are pretty short so if those puppy pads are on the other side of the house when he has to go pee don't expect your new puppy to find them in time.

    If your dog does have an accident on the carpet you will want to get a good stain and odor remover to get rid of the smell. If your dog smells the urine, just like on the puppy pads, he'll want to pee on the same spot. (Wee Wee Stain & Odor Remover by Four Paws is a good one but there are a ton of them available).

    Dogs are very trainable animals so make sure you stick to a routine. Varying the routine at this age will make potty training a tenuous task. Some puppies pick it up in a couple of weeks and some take their whole lives to learn. The advice I gave my customers was stick to the routine early or be prepared to be potty training your puppy for years.

    Hope this helps, John from *****
    Last edited by briteday; 12-26-2008 at 12:30 PM.

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